Erin Smith Staff writer
September 9, 2013
WHITE OAK — A fundraiser has been planned for Saturday at 4 p.m. at Bethlehem United Methodist Church to help the family of Amelia Roberson with medical expenses.
Amelia was born on April 25 with Spina Bifida and her mother Kristen Roberson has given up her job as a nurse with a Fayetteville home health care agency to care for her daughter full-time.
Close family friend Anna Sholar has been responsible for the “Praying for Amelia” signs seen in yards in recent weeks in Bladen County.
“We wanted to get her name out there. We believe in the power of prayer,” said Sholar.
She is also one of several organizers of Saturday’s event.
“It is a way to help the family out financially,” said Sholar. “Kristen and I have known each other our entire lives. We’ve been best friends our entire lives.”
When Amelia was first born she spent the first two months of her life in the hospital at Duke University Medical Center. While she was in the hospital, both Lane and Kristen Roberson stayed at Ronald McDonald House in Durham and both were out of work during that period. Lane has returned to his job at a grain company in Bladenboro.
Sholar said the fundraiser is a way, “for the community to come together and help.” There is no set dollar amount they hope to raise, but Sholar said the goal is to raise as much as possible.
For a $6 donation, there will be plates featuring pork barbecue, sweet potato fries, slaw, dessert and a beverage from 4 until 7 p.m.
There will also be a silent auction, said Sholar. Some of the items to be auctioned off include a rifle from DelTon, gift certificates from Bladen merchants including Leinwands and Giorgios, men’s ties from Fishers, and a door decoration from Smellie Bloomers, to name just a few things. Sholar added there are many more items available for the auction as well.
“The whole community of White Oak has been awesome,” said Sholar of the support shown to the Roberson family.